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Sussex Sports Awards

The Sussex Sports Awards is one of the most prestigious evenings in the Sussex sporting calendar, taking place each November.

This is not a night to be missed by anybody involved in Sussex sport and physical activity. Sport provides us with a unique opportunity to laugh, applaud, and be inspired, all at once, and the Sussex Sports Awards leaves guests doing just that.

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The glitzy awards are back to celebrate Sussex sport and physical activity and the phenomenal heroines and heroes who have contributed at all levels, across all walks of life. 

Hosted by Active Sussex, the black-tie event, in its 17th year will be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on Friday 22 November 2019.  

Famous faces from across the world of sport will be in attendance for the star-studded ceremony, hosted by GB sporting legend Kriss Akabusi, alongside revered BBC radio presenter Danny Pike, for his tenth consecutive year.

Sussex Sports Awards 2019 Finalist Shortlist 

Congratulations to all of this year’s finalists:

Quality Start Active Primary School of the Year Award

St Leonards CE Primary Academy

Little Common School

Carden Primary School

Club of the Year

Whitehawk Football Club

Westerleigh Judokwai

Worthing Town Football Club

This category is decided by a public vote. Please click here to cast your vote. 

Southern Combination Football League Coach of the Year

Bruce Warren (Brighton Phoenix Athletics Club)

Ben Stevens (Beacon Lifesaving Club)

Marie Pickering (The Rowans Gym)

Everyone Active Community Impact Award

TCV East Sussex Health Walks

RunningSpace – Running to Beat Suicide

Brighter Outlook (Albion in the Community)

Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

Jazz Turner (Sailing & Athletics)

Isabelle Everest (Judo)

Ella Clifford-Wilson (Trampolining)

Wave Leisure Outstanding Contribution to Sport Award

David Jackson (Football)

Sandy Fell (Education)

Martin Savage (Football)

Freedom Leisure Sports Personality of the Year

Ian Richards (Athletics)

Nate Wiensendanger Shaw (Powerlifting) 

David Cumming (Swimming)

Rix & Kay Solicitors LLP Team of the Year

Worthing College Under 19 Netball Team

Sussex Thunder Netball Team

University of Brighton Men’s Rugby Union 1st Team

BBC Sussex Unsung Hero Award

Eric Douglin (Bexhill Giants Basketball Club)

Charles Hunt (Stirlands Cricket Club)

Keith Soane (Broadbridge Heath Football Club)

Sussex County FA Volunteer of the Year

Stuart Collier (Withdean Youth Football Club)

Andy Lindley (SANDS United Football Club)

Ricky Perrin (Sussex Bears Wheelchair Basketball Club)

Platinum Publishing Group Young Sports Personality of the Year

Amber Anning (Athletics)

Bryony Pitman (Archery)

Charlie Lane (Snowboarding)

University of Brighton Young Volunteer of the Year

Bobby Williams (Hailsham Cricket Club)

Kaleigh Pavitt (Hailsham Cricket Club and East Dean Cricket Club)

McKenzie Howell (University of Brighton Netball Club)


Tickets are on sale NOW: 

Community Tickets, £55 (limited subsidised number): Available for individuals and community groups and include a welcome drinks reception alongside VIP guests, a three-course gala dinner served by Hilton Brighton Metropole, wine with your meal and tea/coffee afterwards, entertainment throughout the evening, a special Sussex Sports Awards speech from Kriss Akabusi MBE, the presentation of all of the awards, and an after party to wrap up the sporting year.

Corporate Tickets, £75 plus VAT: Include a drinks reception, a three-course meal with wine, tea/coffee, entertainment throughout the evening, and of course front row seats for the awards presentation and stories from Kriss Akabusi MBE, and an after party.  Corporate Tables of 10 are discounted to £675 plus VAT.

The Sussex Sports Awards provides a spectacular and memorable night for all involved and is a fantastic celebration of Sussex sporting dedication and achievement.  


Sponsorship Opportunities 

Active Sussex believes that sponsoring an award not only helps celebrate and promote the county’s sporting success stories, it also creates deep links amongst Sussex sports stars of the future and local business communities. 

Remaining award categories available for sponsorship at the Sussex Sports Awards 2019 include: 

  • Club of the Year
  • Disabled Sports Personality of the Year

There is also a limited number of Top Table Sponsorships available which includes seats on a table with our very special VIP sport star guest co-host. 

Last Event

The Sussex Sports Awards 2018, starring British sporting legend Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards took  place on Friday 23 November, at The Grand Hotel, Brighton. 


More information? 

  • Photographs from the 2018 awards are on our Facebook page.
  • Videos from the 2018 awards can be viewed via our YouTube channel here.

And for more information about the awards, nominations, tickets and sponsorship opportunities please contact Ed Bartram, Active Sussex’s Event Officer, Email: ebartram@activesussex.org / Telephone: 01273 644103 

For more information please contact:

Edward Bartram

Edward Bartram

Events Officer

01273 644103

Ed delivers the Sussex Sports Awards, School Games, Parallel Youth Games & Active Sussex Network meetings, Annual Partner Conference & AGM.